I've had back pain for the past couple of weeks and for a little while back and neck pain. But since last night I have terrible back pain as well as pain in the left thigh that shoots up to my v*****. I finally went to my doctor who also specialises in chirotherapy. He meant I have muscle cramps, which are irritating my thigh/v***** and making them hurt. He recommended movement and neither too long sitting down or standing up. He practised chirotherapy on me today, which involved what felt like him cracking my back, which was scary for me, but I was okay.
But now the pain is back like it was last night, when not worse. :( I can hardly walk without suffering, but I still see to getting my calories as always. I'm also annoyed because my greens problem still isn't solved - strawberries and lettuce didn't work.
But back to topic:
The doctor prescribed me ibuprofen, which I don't want to take (and he said I don't have to, since he respects my being vegan) he prescribed me traumeel as well. I'm now in bed and I didn't even go to pick up the prescription for traumeel yet. I'm in so much pain and don't know how to handle it. Hot showers and a hot plastic bottle help a little, but not long term.
How is the best way to go about it? I'm in agonising pain and crying because of it, which I haven't done (due to pain) since I was 4 when I broke my elbow. Please help!!! :'(
The Asperger stomach lacks a substance called metallothionine (don't know if I spelled that right) which is needed for producing stomach acid. One of the effects of low stomach acid is that your body can't absorb magnesium or zinc (zinc is needed for producing stomach acid, so it's a vicious circle) and various other nutrients, no matter how perfect your diet is. Low levels of magnesium cause muscle cramps. I have been having Espom salt baths for several months now, I used to have excruciating period pains and heavy periods, now the pain is manageable and my periods are normal for the first time. I noticed these benefits the next period after I started taking the baths, about 3-4 weeks later. Regarding your problem, a bath may or may not help immediately, but since you're an aspie it will almost certainly help correct the problem that most likely caused it. It might well help immediately anyway, some individuals with tourettes take Epsom salt baths to ease their aches after a heavy day of tics, and athletes also use them to relax their muscles. Another thing that Epsom salts can do for aspies is provide sulphates, as this is another thing that we lack. You can buy Epsom salts in bulk over the internet, and soak in a bath containing 500g dissolved Espom salts for 20-30 minutes a day.
Consider going back to the natural squatting position for going to the toilet, as this helps correct postural problems that may be causing back pain, and prevents female pelvic floor problems that can cause twinges and cramps. Looky here for more information: http://www.naturesplatform.com/health_benefits.html
It's not necessary to purchase a platform, you can just use a low bowl.
I honestly think the western toilet is the worst thing for human health, especially women, since we went against our herbivorous nature.
Thanks a bunch Victoria!
Wow, I thought I was already well informed about autism, but I had no idea about that with metallothionein (that's how it's spelled), magnesium, and zinc. Is it impossible to be absorbed by aspies/auties or is it not absorbed enough? Would the solution to that be injections?
I'd like to discuss this topic further (I'll start a new thread for that). If you have any good sources to this topic, please do mention them.
As for the Epsom salt baths, I'm not able to do that because I don't have a bathtub. :(
I try the natural position when going to the toilet, my bum is still on the seat, but my feet/legs are in a squatting position. I'd like to look into purchasing a plattform because then all I have to do is flush my excriments down. :D
I love fresh selfpressed orange juice. My boyfriend and I made that quite a bit when he was here during my winter holiday. In contrary to citrus fruits, I appear not to be allergic to orange juice. :) Unfortunately my boyfriend has the presser and we live 400 km apart, until I graduate and move in with him.
Thank you for the advice though! :)
Hi Zesty Lime,
cool name by the way! :)
I've had a lot of stress since my final year in my apprenticeship/vocational school. But I've realised that had more to do with my ex-best friend/colleague (choleric, self-centred, toxic, stressful, over-achiever, bragger, insensitive, etc./ I feel free since the friendship ended, but it's hard having to hear/see her when I'm in my apprenticeship/vocational school) than my anxiety due to the final exam.
The pathogen is most likely from my occupation, which involves me sitting in front of the computer for hours very often. How I sleep could also be the cause (or instead).
I make sure to drink at least 3 liters of water, although I seldomly go over that amount, even though I had nothing against drinking more.
Thank you for the tips on the postures! :)
Wow, that's cool! What kind of a therapist are you, if you don't mind me asking? :)
It's good to hear your feedback and experiences on this subject.
Thanks Luke! :) I'll check it out.
When I would get pain like you described, I would pop my hips. Ok, bend over at the waist at 90 degrees with knees slightly bent, then lean into one side (right or left)hip while bending the opposite knee. Go back and forth several times in a deep stretch.
Maybe I'm being too simplistic, but it might help. Praying you feel much better very soon!!
At least it doesn't hurt as much anymore at the moment when I walk. Therefore I'm definitely up for giving your advice a try.
Thanks Bella V, I really appreciate it! :)
Don't worry about not having a bath! Just use a foot bath a couple of times a day. You have more pores on your feet than any other part of your body. If you don't have a foot bath you can use a pair of old saucepans, a bucket or an old washing-up bowl. Dissolve as much Espom salts as possible into warm water. I think you can also buy skin patches and rubs to absorb magnesium.
Typically, I can't find any of the links I was searching through a couple of months ago, but I believe it goes something like this: the chyme exiting your stomach needs to be acid enough in order to make your pancreas release enzymes (also, your stomach needs to be acid enough to digest the food well in the first place). These enzymes bind with certain nutrients - if they don't bind to the enzymes they can't be absorb. Zinc is one of the nutrients needed to produce stomach acid, but stomach acid is needed to absorb it so that it can be absorbed in the zinc picolinate form. I hate taking supplements, but I take this one. I've read that other nutrients affected by low stomach acid include selenium, protein, vitamin A, iron, B12, folate, potassium, vitamin E, niacin, calcium, B6, and magnesium.
^This link discusses high copper to zinc ratio (causes zinc deficiency), found in aspies and auties. I'm pretty sure that copper is used as a pesticide, even in organic food.
^This link discusses how you absorb magnesium through the skin.
By the way, as a way of showing how efficiently the skin absorbs nutrients, me and my mum recently tried to kill our little verruca's by putting a pea-sized amount of garlic paste on them. In about 12 hours, we had a garlic taste in our mouth and garlic breathe!